Onion and Mint Raita with Chickpeas

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Onion and Mint Raita with Chickpeas

Raita is a yogurt based condiment that is served chilled. It goes well with spicy Indian dishes because of the cooling effect that raita has on the palate. Typically, a raita contains little more than yogurt and vegetables, but the following recipe, adapted from Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian, includes chickpeas, which makes this raita a little more substantial than most. It's also a great way to use up leftover cooked chickpeas if you have them on hand, and like any raita it's delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day, whether as a light lunch or picnic food or a wonderful side for dinner.

Onion and Mint Raita with ChickpeasOnion and Mint Raita with Chickpeas
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Adapted from Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian: More Than 650 Meatless Recipes from Around the World
Cuisine: Indian
Published on August 9, 2007

Very simple, creamy, refreshing and delicious yogurt and chickpea dish for warm weather lunches or picnics

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  • 1/3 cup dried chickpeas (1 cup cooked)
  • 1 cup plain whole fat yogurt
  • 4 green onions, cut into very thin rounds
  • 1/3 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • Rinse the chickpeas and soak overnight in several inches of water. Drain and rinse, then transfer to a small saucepan and cover with several inches of fresh water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the chickpeas are tender. Drain and set aside to cool.

  • Combine the yogurt, green onions, salt, pepper and spices. Whisk with a fork until smooth and creamy. Add the mint and cooked chickpeas and stir to combine. Serve chilled

Makes 2 to 4 side servings


Sara said...

That sounds so wonderful. I love anything with chickpeas.

Almost Vegetarian said...

You know, I am looking for picnic food these days - anything light and cool and refreshing. and this looks perfect. Of course, the fact that it is healthy and easy to make is a bonus.


MapMaster said...

As much as I thought this recipe looked good, it was so much tastier than I expected. I want some more, please!